St. Louis Bombers

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The St. Louis Bombers were a National Basketball Association team based in St. Louis, Missouri from 1946 to 1950.

St. Louis Bombers
St. Louis Bombers logo
DivisionWestern Division
HistorySt. Louis Bombers
ArenaSt. Louis Arena
LocationSt. Louis, Missouri
Team colorsRed and White
Division titlesNone or one double-dagger

Franchise historyEdit

The St. Louis Bombers were originally part of the Basketball Association of America (BAA) in 1946.

The BAA merged with the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1949 to become the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The Bombers were one of seven teams that quickly left the NBA: The NBA contracted after the 1949-1950 season, losing six teams: The Anderson Packers, Sheboygan Red Skins and Waterloo Hawks jumped to the NPBL, while the Chicago Stags, Denver Nuggets and St. Louis Bombers folded. The league went from 17 teams to 11 before the 1950-1951 season started. Midway through the 1950-1951 season, the Washington Capitols folded as well, bringing the number of teams in the league down to ten.[1]

The NBA would return to St. Louis in 1955 when the Milwaukee Hawks became the St. Louis Hawks. Ed Macauley would end up back in St. Louis in a deal that sent Bill Russell to the Boston Celtics, and played a key role in the Hawks 1958 NBA championship.[2]


The Bombers played at the St. Louis Arena. The arena was torn down in 1999.[2]

Notable alumniEdit


Naismith Basketball Hall of FameEdit

St. Louis Bombers Hall of Famers
No. Name Position Tenure Inducted
50 Ed Macauley C/F 1949–1950 1960
Name Position Tenure Inducted
Ken Loeffler Head Coach 1946-1948 1964

Season-by-season recordsEdit

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Playoff Berth
Season League Conference Finish Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Playoffs Awards
1946–47 BAA Western 2nd 38 23 .623 1 Lost First Round (Warriors) 1–2
1947–48 BAA Western 1st   29 19 .604 Lost BAA Semifinals (Warriors) 3–4
1948–49 BAA Western 4th   29 31 .483 16 Lost Division Semifinals (Royals) 0–2
1949–50 NBA Central 5th 26 42 .382 25
Regular season record 122 115 .515 1946–1950
Playoff record 4 8 .333 Postseason Series Record: 0–3

  The 1948 BAA Playoffs did not establish Eastern and Western champions and generated one finalist from the East, one from the West, only by coincidence. Philadelphia and St. Louis won the Eastern and Western Divisions and met in a best-of-seven series to determine one league championship finalist. (St. Louis won led 3–2 after five games, but the defending champion Warriors won game six by 21 points at home and game seven by 39 points in St. Louis.) Meanwhile, four runners-up played best-of-three matches to determine the other finalist. Baltimore, tied for second in the West, one game behind St. Louis, won that runners-up bracket and defeated Philadelphia in a best-of-seven series to win the BAA championship. St. Louis had achieved the league's best record at 29–19.[3]

The 1949 BAA Playoffs matched Eastern teams exclusively, and Western teams exclusively, so that the league semifinals generated Eastern and Western champions as well as championship finalists (as do 21st-century NBA playoffs).


  1. ^ "1949-50 NBA Season Summary".
  2. ^ a b "St. Louis Bombers (1946-1950)".
  3. ^ "1947–48 BAA Season Summary". Retrieved 2015-03-01.